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Fantasy NASCAR Recommendations for 2011 Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway

Posted by chadmusselman on August 15, 2011

The Sprint Cup Series goes back to the oval tracks for the rest of the season, stopping at Michigan International Speedway.  This is the 23rd race of the season and the Chase is getting closer.  Some of last year’s chasers find themselves in jeopardy of not making it this season.  Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin, and Greg Biffle are all outside the top ten and only Hamlin as a win to help his cause of making the chase.  Brad Keselowski didn’t make the chase last year, but is 14th in points, has two wins, and as long as he stays in the top 20, looks to be in great shape to make the chase.

Michigan can be a maddening place for the teams with fuel mileage always being a factor at the end.  It can make a dominant team fall back in the pack and give someone a lucky break for a win.  I’ll be there to watch the race, so I hope it’s an entertaining one.

This Week’s Recommendations

Chaser: Carl Edwards
Edwards has been pretty hot lately averaging a 10.4 place finish over the last five races.  He has also done very well at Michigan in his career.  In 14 races Edwards has 2 wins, 9 top five and 12 top ten finishes for an average finishing position of 6.2.  The only two times he didn’t finish in the top ten Edwards was 12th and 22nd.  He’s back on the ovals that he has historically dominated so look for Edwards to do just that this weekend.

Alternate Chaser: Jeff Gordon
Gordon has been even hotter than Edwards over the last five races, averaging an 8th place finish, and looks for that to continue this weekend.  Like most tracks Gordon has fared well at Michigan.  In 37 career races he has 2 wins, 18 top five and 23 top ten finishes.  His 11.6 average finish is good enough for 4th best at the track among active drivers.  Gordon isn’t winning every other race like he did 10 – 15 years ago, but he is still finishing in the top five or ten and proving he’s a contender for the title.  He should be able to get you a lot of points in Michigan.

Ryan Newman
No driver has been hotter than Ryan Newman over the past five races.  He’s averaging a 7.6 place finish in that span with a win and three top five finishes.  I’m hoping that momentum carries Newman to a good finish this weekend.  Michigan isn’t his best track, he’s only averaging a 18.9 place finish, but he does have 2 wins and 5 top ten finishes in his 20 career races. 

Joey Logano
Logano was riding a hot streak until he finished 25th and 26th at Indianapolis and Pocono in consecutive races.  Last week in Watkins Glen he turned it around with a 5th place finish and looks to keep that going.  In five career races at Michigan Logano has experienced some success with two 10th place finishes and a 7th.  His average finish of 14th at the track is good enough for 8th best among active drivers.  That should be reason enough to have the kid on your team this weekend.

Dark Horse: Brian Vickers
Let’s face it.  Vickers has had a horrible season sitting way down in 28th in points.  Add to that the fact that he’s averaging a 26th place finish over the past 5 races and he seems like someone you should stay away from.  At another track that may be true, but Michigan is Vickers’ best track.  He is riding a streak of six consecutive top ten finishes at the track, winning one of them.  Vickers is certainly a dark horse and will probably be a driver most others leave off their team.  If you need to catch up on points, this could be your chance.  Vickers knows how to get it done in Michigan.

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